Starting from 2003, motorcycles have been subject to stricter emission standards. The simplest way for a motorcycle manufacturer to meet those standards is to install a catalytic converter. Thus, currently, the majority of modern bikes have them.
What is a catalytic converter in a motorcycle?
A catalytic converter is a device with a chamber that transforms harmful motorcycle emissions into harmless ones. The transformation occurs due to the chemical reaction within the chamber lined by the rare metals. The reaction ensures exhaust transformation by breaking apart the molecules and recombining them into steam, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen gas.
Can I remove the catalytic converter from my motorcycle?
There is no practical point in removing the catalytic converter from your bike since it doesn’t affect the motorcycle’s performance. However, you can remove it if you wish for some reason. But in this case, you should check whether your bike still corresponds to the emission regulations in your region. Otherwise, you can be fined for removing the catalytic converter and failing to meet the requirements.
Catalytic converter theft risk
The rare metals that line up the chamber of a catalytic converter are desirable and easy prey for thieves. The converter can be easily removed as it is mounted at the end of the exhaust system and is easy to spot once you see it, even in a picture. Thus, if your bike has a catalytic converter, it is reasonable to invest in a good alarm system and a garage or guarded parking. But better install our CryptoMoto app for motorcyclists, which includes a global database of real motorcycle owners and prevent thieves from stealing someone else’s motorcycle.